Proteins Hey1 and Hey2 Ensure that Inner Ear 'Hair Cells' Are Made at the Right Time and in the Right Place

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Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have discovered the “molecular brakes” that time the generation of important cells in the inner ear cochleas of mice. These “hair cells” translate sound waves into electrical signals that are carried to the brain and are interpreted as sounds. If the arrangement of the cells is disordered, hearing is impaired.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine|16-Sep-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Novel Capability Enables First Test of Real Turbine Engine Conditions

Manufactures of turbine engines for airplanes, automobiles and electric generation plants could expedite the development of more durable, energy-efficient turbine blades thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the German Aerospace Center and the universities of Central Florida and Cleveland State. The ability to operate turbine blades at higher temperatures improves efficiency and reduces energy costs.

– Argonne National Laboratory|16-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

New Targeted Radiosurgery Technology Provides Highly Accurate Treatment, Greater Patient Comfort

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A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors – but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once – when compared to other radiation therapy stereotactic systems, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Research results will be presented at ASTRO's 56th Annual Meeting.

– Henry Ford Health System|16-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Study Compares Effectiveness of Treatments for Blood Clots

In an analysis of the results of nearly 50 randomized trials that examined treatments of venous thromboembolisms (blood clot in a vein), there were no significant differences in clinical and safety outcomes associated with most treatment strategies when compared with the low-molecular-weight heparin-vitamin K antagonist combination, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|16-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Effect of Magnesium Sulfate During Pregnancy on Very Preterm Infants

Magnesium sulfate given intravenously to pregnant women at risk of very preterm birth was not associated with benefit on neurological, behavioral, growth, or functional outcomes in their children at school age, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|16-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Combination Therapy for COPD Associated With Better Outcomes

Among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly those with asthma, newly prescribed long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) and inhaled corticosteroid combination therapy, compared with newly prescribed LABAs alone, was associated with a lower risk of death or COPD hospitalization, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|16-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Waistlines of U.S. Adults Continue to Increase

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|16-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

National Survey Examines Personal News Cycle of African American and Hispanic News Consumers

A new national survey exploring how African Americans and Hispanics get their news reveals that the predicted digital divide, in which people of color would be left behind in the use of technology, is not playing out as many of those forecasting the digital future anticipated. The survey findings suggest a divide based on content, not technology.

– University of Chicago|16-Sep-2014 3:00 PM EDT
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